The Catholic Bishops of Kenya, once again appeal to the striking doctors to resume essential medical duties especially regarding patients in danger of life and those who need urgent care.
The medical staff working
in public health facilities have in fact been on strike since 5
The protest is causing untold suffering to patients and,
according to news sent to Agenzia Fides, dozens of people have died for
lack of care. The Bishops had already addressed an urgent appeal to
health workers so that they guarantee essential services to save lives.
In a statement sent to Agenzia Fides, His Exc. Mgr. Philip Anyolo,
Bishop of Homabay and President of the Kenya Conference of Catholic
Bishops (KCCB), expressed the Church's concern for the suffering caused
by the strike.
Mgr. Anyolo thanked the staff of public and private
health facilities who, despite everything, continues to respond to
medical emergencies. "We know you continue to be overstretched and
overworked to a point of burn outs", the statement said. "We also thank
the private and non-state medical Institutions that continue to go out
of their way to respond to medical emergencies and help save lives
despite the pressure on your resources, especially when the affected
cannot afford to pay their medical bills in full".
The Bishops addressed an urgent appeal to the government, trade unions
and workers to "make decisions and take actions that ensure normal
medical services are restored without further delay".